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Milling Tools

Advancing Cutting Tool Production with Electrical Discharge Grinding

By: Julia Hider

A wider power range and new erosion control features enable users of ANCA’s EDG machines to more quickly produce cutting tools that last longer.

Metalworking Index Holds Steady After Scorching First Quarter

By: Michael Guckes

The Gardner Business Index: Metalworking held at a reading of 62.2 through April, indicating a constant level of expansion.
#economics

Deburring Tools

Cross-hole Deburring Tool Eliminates Secondary Process

By: Evan Doran

The Orbitool from J.W. Done helped Paramount Machine eliminate a secondary deburring process, saving 75 process hours across a 2000-part run and enabling the shop to meet its profit and delivery time goals.
#casestudy

March Cutting Tool Orders Highest in 13 Months

By: Steven Kline, Jr.

March cutting tool orders were $177.6 million, close to pre-lockdown level. GBI: Metalworking Index indicates cutting tool orders will increase through 2021.

Aerospace

Challenges Reveal Value and Vulnerability of Small Machine Shops

By: Peter Zelinski

Small business ownership is conducive to the kind of oversight and commitment that serves machining well, but small business also relies on the support and commitment of enterprises around them.
#zaxis

Measurement

Implementing Digital Shop Floor Metrology

By: Evan Doran

In a recent webinar with MMS, Michael Creney, Mitutoyo America’s vice president of product management, outlined the benefits of digital shop floor metrology and delivered tips for adopting it.

Cutting Tools

Ceramic End Mill Achieves Long Life and High MRR at Standard Machining Center Speeds

By: Peter Zelinski

Material advances have produced a ceramic end mill that performs well at lower cutting speeds and competes with carbide in a broad range of applications. Your shop might begin using ceramic tools.
#titaniummachining

CNC & Mach Controls

Calling Custom Macros Through Modal Commands

By: Mike Lynch

While G65 does not enable users to simply and easily carry out Custom Macros in multiple locations, G66 and G66.1 provide modal solutions for doing so.
#cnctechtalk

Automation

Power Skiving Enables Smaller, Precise Robotics Machining

By: Evan Doran

Power skiving tools like Sandvik Coromant’s CoroMill 178 can increase productivity, precision and flexibility when machining gears for applications such as industrial robotics.
#casestudy #gearproduction

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Cybersecurity Process Maturity Demands a Plan

By: Matt Danford

Plans may fail, but planning has intrinsic value for building sustainable, adaptable data defenses.
#datamatters

Additive

Rethinking MRO Challenges with Desktop Metal's Studio System

By: Evan Doran

The second-generation Studio System simplifies the design process and eliminates common safety hazards of metal AM, increasing accessibility for manufacturers.

Webinar | Workholding Considerations to Reduce Setup Time and Process Variability

Join Mate Precision Technologies for a webinar about its 52/96 precision workholding system that's specifically designed to keep users in the cut.

Automation

The Case for Automatic Door Operation

By: Mark Albert

Automatic door systems for stand-alone machine tools require periodic inspection and maintenance, but excel in environments with automation capability or frequent door use.

Digital Demos

Real Work Through the Xometry Partner Network, No Quoting Required, Free to Join, and New Jobs Added Daily

In this Digital Demo, Xometry’s Partner Success Manager guides machinists through the company’s Partner Network, highlighting how to become a partner; finding work through the partner portal; and the benefits of being a Xometry Manufacturing Partner. (Sponsored)  

Digital Demos

New Advances – Cutting Tool Holding for Turning Machines and Die & Mold Industry

While everyone may know HAIMER as your system partner around the machine tool, there have been new innovations from HAIMER including new systems of tool holding specific for live-driven tools, Swiss machines, and multi-axis mill-turn machines that allow for consistent, reliable cutting tool holding in production environments. (Sponsored)

Horizontal Machining Centers

Clamping Solution Facilitates Large-Part Vertical Machining

By: Evan Doran

Mitee-Bite Products’ fixtures demonstrated their powerful clamping support in a project with Akron Gear & Engineering to vertically hold a 1-ton ring during machining.
#casestudy

Additive

Plotting a Pathway to Profitable Additive Manufacturing

By: Timothy W. Simpson

The cost per pound for a metal AM part may be shocking, but that knowledge is essential to plan a journey to success with Additive Manufacturing.
#additiveinsights